I was just wondering if my DC be used as a remote desktop licencing server? I am running Windows Server 2012.

I am aware that I can't install remote desktop services on here, I was just wondering if I'm able to use the DC for this role also.


  • Yes you can....
    – joeqwerty
    Feb 12, 2015 at 14:49

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Yes, you can use your DC as a RDP Licensing server. I do so myself. However, after a while, I started thinking I should have made it a single purpose VM instead but not because of any problem, just a foreseeable future where it ties in this function into my DC. But I have no problem with this set up particularly.

So my recommendation is that while it is possible, I say keep each server doing one thing as much as possible. A reference on this (other than my experience) is the book Practice of System and Network Administration.

As for DC and being RDP - that was not the object of your question but you mentioned it. At least on 2008R2, while it is not recommended (and I would avoid it as much as possible), it is doable on a small set up and it is not a problem functionally (I took care of a few sites in such a set up). But I would stay away from doing that.

  • Yeah I used to do it on my 2008 R2 box, I'm on 2012 at the moment :) I think I will just create a dedicated VM in that case. Thanks for your answer
    – Alec.
    Feb 12, 2015 at 14:32

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